I recently tried the Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 manual focus lens, and I must say, it is stunningly unique. Unfortunately, I would have liked to compare that lens to the EF 85mm 1.8, but none of the rental places in my area seem to have it (they only have the 85L apparently... ). So I was just wondering is more than double the price and the lack of autofocus really justify the nice bokeh and IQ of the Zeiss? What are your experiences with the Canon? And if I'm into mid-tele portraiture, is there any other lens (preferably under 1k) that I should consider? I shoot a 5D2.
sigma 85 f1.4 between $800 and $900
imo bokeh is nicer than the zeiss AF is faster than the 85 f1.2L from canon especially noticable on a 5D
and build is very very good
just be aware they can be off on focus out of the box I sent mine back to sigma to be recalibrated but now its bang on accurate, its not a big deal its just a software calibration.
the lens is far better than the review on the digital picture makes out
there is a bit of CA at f1.4 but lightroom can wipe this out in a second but CA is pretty much gone by f2 and f2
is wicked sharp